Children's Dental Health
Did you know that dental cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease in children in the US?! Can you believe that such an easily preventable disease is the most common?! Both nationally and here at Kleinheinz Dentistry, prevention has become the primary focus. So, to honor this month, we thought we would share some information about keeping your children’s smiles healthy and happy! We see patients of all ages— we’re here to take care of your entire family!
Why do baby teeth matter?
They matter for 3 main reasons: 1) function 2) skeletal development 3) esthetics. Baby teeth that are not cleaned will develop cavities which can form abscesses. Loosing teeth prematurely due to cavities, alters jaw development and proper skeletal formation. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking a child to the dentist by the time they are one year old, since their first teeth erupt around age 6 months!
Research has proven that parents’ untreated cavities are associated with increased risk of their children having dental cavities and gum disease! Wow! Parents, by taking care of your oral health with regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene, you are directly impacting your child’s health and lifelong smile!
Juice and Gatorade: A Dentist’s Biggest Enemy
The sugar and acidity of juice and Gatorade are responsible for a significant amount of children’s cavities (this applies to adults as well). The outside layer of your teeth, the enamel, starts to break down when the pH is below 5.5; and Gatorade has a pH of 2.9!! Not to mention that the sugar in these drinks bathes the teeth in cavity-causing particles. Drop the juice to prevent those “sugar bugs” from creating cavities!
Our primary focus at Kleinheinz Dentistry is health. We’ve taken COVID precautions beyond what the CDC recommends in order to prioritize your safety. Neglecting dental care and regular cleanings/check-ups during these unprecedented times could have long-term consequences for your teeth and mouth. Please give us a call to schedule your appointment or if you have any questions 704-542-6003.